Category: Events

10th Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture

On Monday, March 24, 2014 (the first day back from Spring Break), at 4:00pm to 5:00pm, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will deliver the Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture.  The event will take place in the auditorium.

In addition to leading the AFL-CIO affiliated teachers union,
Weingarten is one of the major players in the public discourse over
education reform.  She is also an incredibly dynamic speaker.

Networking opportunity with Amanda Sonneborn of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

As you know, there is an increasing demand among legal employers for law graduates who have “practical” or “experiential” skills.  Chicago-Kent and the Labor/Employment Law Certificate Program have designed a curriculum that includes Clinical opportunities, other practicum opportunities, mentoring, and  speakers to ensure that all our students have ample opportunity to learn something about the practice of law BEFORE graduation.
Client contact is not something we can easily teach in law school classes, although we do have the Employment Litigation simulation and Clinical classes.  But for those who want to learn from an expert, we have a program you should plan to attend.
Client Management/Project Management — What Is It and Why Is It Important to My Success as a Lawyer?
Tuesday, April 1, 4:30 — 5:50 p.m., room 570
Amanda Sonneborn is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, a nationwide firm with its roots in Chicago.  Ms. Sonneborn advises clients in industries from health care to retail to gaming on both labor relations law and other employment issues.  She helps design and lead training courses for Seyfarth clients, teaches as an adjunct faculty member here at Chicago-Kent, and is active in a wide variety of management-side activities.
Ms. Sonneborn will talk about clients how to get them, how to manage their expectations and their projects, and generally what to do to forge a successful relationship with them.   There will be plenty of time for questions.
Refreshments will be served.

ILW Pizza Party


Labor and Employment Law

Students interested in Labor and Employment Law and Students in the Labor and Employment Law Certificate Program are invited to the

Welcome Back Pizza Party!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

4:30p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Room 590

We hope this will give everyone an informal opportunity to meet the faculty, catch up on your colleagues’ news, meet new friends and chat with old ones, eat pizza, and ask questions about the Labor and Employment Law Program.


Institute for Law and the Workplace Faculty

Professor Martin H. Malin, Director

Professor Mary Rose Strubbe, Assistant Director

Assistant Dean Marsha L. Ross-Jackson, Executive Director


Archive of Events

March 2013

  • March 25, 2013 | Deadline for Nominations for Sandra P. Zemm Prize

    Sandra Zemm was a partner in the Labor and Employment Department at Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office; she passed away in September 2008 after a long battle with cancer. Seyfarth Shaw and Ms. Zemm’s family, friends, and colleagues have raised money to fund an annual prize in her honor.
    The Sandra P. Zemm Prize in Labor and Employment Law will be awarded annually to a third or fourth year student in the Labor/Employment Law Certificate Program at Chicago-Kent who has demonstrated the qualities that made Sandy so special:
    A commitment to pursue a career in labor and employment law, a pioneer spirit and willingness to take the initiative, and a gracious and generous attitude toward helping those in need.
    The Prize this year is $1,000. If you know someone in the Certificate Program whom you think embodies the characteristics for which Ms. Zemm is remembered, please consider nominating that person for the Zemm Prize.
    To nominate a student, please send an e-mail naming the student, with a paragraph or so describing the reasons you think the student deserves the Zemm Prize. Please feel free to nominate yourself also, or to suggest nominations to faculty.
    Send nominations to Ms. Sharon Wyatt-Jordan by email at,
  • March 14 | 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. | WhirlyBall Chicago – 1880 W. Fullerton, Chicago IL
    Third WhirlyBall Night with LELS

    “WhirlyBall is the most awesome dream-like combination of bumper cars, basketball, and lacrosse…Ever.”  And here is a link that may better define it:
    LELS will pay for the majority of this event but will need to charge $15/person to cover the remaining costs.  Included for the $15 is two hours worth of WhirlyBall and pizza.  Additionally, the first 20 people to respond and pay will receive 2 hours worth of beer, house wine, and sodas!
    Please RSVP to  You can drop off your payment in the LELS mailbox on the second floor or give it to Matt Jarka, Ryan Thoma, or Daniel Zapata. Thanks to Matt Jarka for putting this event together!
  • March 6 | 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. | 10th Floor Event Room
    Informational Reception for all JD Certificate Programs

    Students interested in Labor and Employment Law, Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative Law, Public Interest Law, Criminal Litigation, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Environmental and Energy Law are invited to attend an Informational Reception on Chicago-Kent’s Certificate Programs. Meet faculty and students in the Certificate programs, gather information, and have a snack!

November 2012

  • Careers in Labor and Employment Law
    On November 13, LELS will be hosting a fall panel on careers in labor and employment law from noon to 1:30 p.m. in room 370. Members of the diverse panel will include: Joshua Karsh from Hughes Socol Piers Resnick and Dym, who specializes in class action practice for plaintiffs; Ashley Workman from Seyfarth Shaw, who specializes in employment law; Thad Goodchild, attorney for the Chicago Teacher’s Union; Susan Rider, in house counsel for Exelon; David Hemenway, a solo practitioner; and Renee McKinney, field attorney at the National Labor Relations Board.Anyone interested in labor and employment law is encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided and catered by Wow Bao.Please email the LELS Executive Board with any questions or concerns:

May 2012

  • Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize 2012
    LELS would like to congratulate Patrick Milott for being awarded the 2012 Sandra P. Zemm Labor Law Prize. Please click on the above link for more details.

April 2010

  • April 23 | 5:00 p.m. | Rm 305
    How to Prepare For and Take the Bar Exam

    What is it like to prepare for the bar exam? Join LELS and the Evening Student Law Society to discover the secrets of bar prep from recent grads and successful bar takers. 3Ls will learn study methods; 1Ls and 2Ls will learn what they can do now to best prepare for the future.
  • April 23 | 6:30-8:00 p.m. | Rivers Restaurant and Bar
    Raffle and Reception

    After the bar prep discussion above, head to Rivers for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a raffle! Raffle prizes include two tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, two tickets to a White Sox game of your choice, a Dinner-for-Two Certificate, and Starbucks Gift Cards. Over the next few weeks look out for LELS Exec Board Members offering raffle tickets for sale.  Raffle tickets will be $5 a piece and we are only selling a limited amount of tickets, so the chances of winning are great!

March 2010

  • March 9 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 580 –The Labor Lawyer as a Regulator:  A “Latin” View from Spain, via France and Through Chile
    Professor César Rosado has offered to give an informal talk to the Labor and Employment Law Society about his ongoing research project on labor law enforcement in Chile.  While the topic of his talk does focus on labor law, it is also relevant to many other areas of law.Prof. Rosado will have slides and music, so it promises to be a good time! We will also have drinks and sweets to make it even more enticing!

Please join us for this brown bag (bring your own lunch) talk.

  • March 30 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Rm 370  – ABA Panel on Careers in Labor and Employment Law On Tuesday, March 30, the LELS is hosting attorneys from the ABA’s section on Labor and Employment Law to talk about a variety of topics.The panel will include:-          Joel D’Alba – Partner, Asher, Gittler, Greenfield & D’Alba, Ltd.-          Lori L. Deem – Attorney, Abrahamson, Vorachek & Levinson

    –          Jacalyn J. Zimmerman – Chair, Illinois Labor Relations Board

    –          Grady B. Murdock – Shareholder, Littler Mendelson

    The panelists will discuss career opportunities in labor and employment, substantive areas in the field, the value of professional membership in both the ABA and Section on Labor and Employment Law, and much more! In addition, the highly desired FREE book on labor and employment law will be distributed to all those who attend! I have attended this program twice and love the free book offer!

    The program will be in room 370 from noon to 1:30pm. The lunch will be from Goodwin’s restaurant and is always a crowd pleaser!

    Please RSVP to Sharon Jordan ( <>) by 9:00am on Monday, March 29; if you prefer a vegetarian meal, please indicate when you RSVP.

February 2010

  • February 4 | 7:30-9:30 a.m. | Working Hands Legal Clinic – 77 W. Washington, 2 F  – Honoring the Illinois Department of Labor
    This is a networking fundraiser for Chris Williams’ company “Working Hands Legal Clinic.” Chris is a Chicago-Kent alumn that came to our bowling & faculty appreciation event.  Please attend if you can!
  • February 8 | 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | 10th Floor Event Room – LERA: Corporate Governance and the Workplace

    Members $20.00        Non Members $25.00
    LERA Student Members & Chicago-Kent Students – No Charge
    A box lunch will be provided for attendees who register in advance.

    Register ONLINE for this event

    Register by Fax or USPS Mail

    Panel Discussion
    Jerome Braun, Author and Lecturer in Social Science
    Professor Gary Herrigel, Political Science Department, University of Chicago
    Tom Geoghegan, Labor Attorney

  • February 15 | 8:00 a.m. | Chicago-Kent College of Law – 9th Annual Seventh Circuit NELA Conference
    NELA (the National Employment Lawyers Association) is a group of several thousand lawyers who usually represent employees in employment law-related matters.  NELA/Illinois’s Seventh Circuit Conference, particularly the substantive sessions on developments during the last year and on discovery, are always fascinating for anyone interested in employment law.  Chicago-Kent faculty and students may attend free of charge, but NELA/Illinois needs advance registration so that they know how many handouts, etc. to make.Registering for the conference does not obligate you to stay for the entire day.  Students, remember this is also a useful networking opportunity if you are interested in employee-side work.If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mary Rose Strubbe [].
  • February 16 | Noon | Potbelly on Jackson & Clinton – Informal Lunch & Chat with LELS Exec. Board Members Sara Grammes & Dan Kaspar
  • February 22 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Rm 305 – LELS Informal Discussion: Where is Labor Headed?
    Visiting Prof. Julius Getman, an expert in statistical research on labor trends since the 1970s, gives LELS the inside scoop over tea & cookies.
  • February 24 | 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. | Rm C20 – LELS Federal Sector Career Panel
    The Labor and Employment Law Society is sponsoring a panel event concerning careers in the federal sector. Our two speakers will be:

    Jennifer Lang
    Director, Center for Human Resources
    Social Security Administration
    Chicago Region


    Michael McAuley
    National Counsel
    National Treasury Employees Union

    This will be a great opportunity to not only learn about each speaker’s specific career experiences, but also an excellent chance for those who may be interested in a federal sector career to have some of their questions answered. Refreshments will be served as well.

    We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and be sure to watch for further updates on other upcoming LELS events! Should you have any questions, please email Dan Kaspar [].

January 2010

  • January 24 | 2:00 p.m. | Rm 355 – LELS Exec Board Meeting
    Exec Board meetings are open to all LELS membership, so if you want to be in on the planning stage for the spring events you are invited.  Please RSVP if you can join us [].We have a lot of up coming events to get set up for, so bring your ideas and we can trouble shoot through the list.  Mark Berardi is going to need a rough estimate on what we want appropriated to each event, and he needs to submit the budget by the end of next week.  That is pretty easy to do, but we need to figure out how many dates we can pull off and maintain our law student sanity level.Because it is afternoon I will be bringing some light refreshments – danishes and ice tea for everyone.

December 2009

  • December 2 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Rm TBA – Institute for Law in the Workplace Faculty Appreciation Program
    Our Institute for Law in the Workplace Faculty appreciation program is Wednesday, 12/2 from 4pm – 6pm. If you would like to help with the program, let Mark Hoffman know [].

November 2009

  • November 22 | 6:00 p.m. | Candidacy Platforms Due
    The Labor and Employment Law Society is holding elections this month for two positions on the LELS board: President and Secretary.Everyone interested in running for these positions is asked to submit brief candidacy platforms summarizing their interest, qualifications and ideas for the job.The candidacy platforms should be e-mailed to by 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 22.An election will be conducted via e-mail beginning on November 23. (More details to come.)

    Below are descriptions of the duties for both the President and Secretary. The terms run until the end of the Fall 2010 semester.

    The President shall call LELS meetings, coordinate the operation and direction of LELS including, but not limited to, programs (panels, speakers, socials, debates, etc.) and committee assignments. The President serves as a liaison between LELS and the Chicago-Kent Student Bar Association (“SBA”) and the administration. The President shall only cast a vote in an election, matter for discussion, or proposed amendment to the LELS constitution, in the event of a tie.

    The Secretary shall compile, maintain, and distribute the minutes of meetings and the records of the LELS. The Secretary shall keep a current list of members and work with the Technology Director to ensure that the LELS membership directory on the website is current. The Secretary shall provide ‘back-up’ for the Technology Director in posting announcements on The Record and the Student Organizations Calendar. The Secretary shall work with the Alumni Liaison to maintain a list of alumni members.

  • November 15 | 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Rm 355 – Exec Board Meeting
    A reminder that we are meeting for the final time for fall. This meeting will be jam packed with important discussion points.If you have an outstanding project/task, please come prepared to discuss it. If you’d like to be added to the agenda, please let me know.  If you cannot attend, please let me know as well AND if you have a project to update the group on, please give your info to someone else so that they can update the group.
  • November 24 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Chicago-Kent Courtroom – Unfair Labor Practice Hearing
    The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) will hold a hearing in an unfair labor practice case in the Chicago-Kent courtroom on November 24, 2009.  The FLRA administers the Federal Service Labor Management Relations Statute, the statute that is the counterpart to the National Labor Relations Act for federal government employees, unions and agencies.The case that is scheduled to be tried here is brought by the FLRA’s Chicago Regional Office against the Federal Aviation Administration.  The case involves solicitation and distribution of union literature at the FAA Regional Office in Des Plaines. The Authority follows the private sector rules on overly broad no-solicitation and distribution rules as being a ULP. See GSA, 26 FLRA 719.

October 2009

  • October 21 | 5:00 – 5:50 p.m. | Rm 370 – Top Tips for Labor and Employment Success at Chicago-Kent
    This is a great program for 1Ls and 2Ls!  Learn how to be a LELS class rep and get involved!  If you are a 3L and would like to serve on the panel to share your insight and experiences, please let Mark Hoffman know []. Dinner will be provided!
  • October 27 | 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Rm C35 – Top Tips for Labor and Employment Success at Chicago-Kent
    This is a great program for 1Ls and 2Ls!  Learn how to be a LELS class rep and get involved!  If you are a 3L and would like to serve on the panel to share your insight and experiences, please let Mark Hoffman know []. Lunch will be provided!
  • October 28 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Rm TBA – Practitioners Panel
    A panel of labor and employment law practitioners will be discussing the current economic climate and job searching.
  • October 28 | 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Lucky Strike – Bowling with Alumni!
    Join Chicago-Kent students and alumni for a night of bowling at Lucky Strike, 322 E Illinois St in Chicago. The cost will be $15 or $20, depending on when you sign up and pay. Contact Sara Schumann [sschumann] for more info.

September 2009

  • September 9 | 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – “LABOR DAY” BAKE SALE!
    What better way to celebrate the American workforce than by supporting LELS’s Labor Day Bake Sale. The bake sale will be held, ironically, the Wednesday after Labor Day, aka September 9, 2009.
  • September 15 | 5:00-5:50 p.m. – Dinner with LELS
    Join LELS exec board members for an inexpensive, Dutch treat dinner at Potbelly’s. We’ll meet in the Kent Lobby at 5:00 p.m. and walk over to Clinton and Jackson. We will be back at school in time for 6:00 p.m. classes.
  • September 16 | 4:15-5:30 p.m. – ILW Welcome Back Pizza Dinner
    The Labor and Employment Law Program is having a Welcome and Welcome Back pizza party on Wednesday, September 16 at 4:15 p.m. (until 5:30 but the pizza usually goes fast) in room 590.  Come and enjoy pizza and other refreshments, mingle with your classmates who share your interests, meet with labor/employment law faculty and learn about the exciting programs going on in labor and employment law at Chicago-Kent.  No need to rsvp.  Just show up.
  • September 17 | ILW Conference: Federal Sector Labor Relations
    Chicago-Kent’s Institute for Law and the Workplace sponsors annual conferences on Federal Sector Labor Relations Law and Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law each fall.  This year, the Federal Sector conference will take place on Thursday, September 17 and the Illinois Public Sector conference will take place on Friday, November 13.  Information on the Federal Sector conference is available here, and on the Public Sector conference in available here encourage you to attend.  In addition to complimenting your formal classroom studies, the conferences provide excellent networking opportunities.  We expect approximately 250 lawyers and other labor relations professionals from throughout the Midwest to attend the Federal Sector conference and approximately 500 lawyers and other labor relations professionals from across the state of Illinois to attend the public sector conference.

Students may attend the conferences free of charge, but you must register in advance by e-mailing  If you wish to partake in the food events (continental breakfast, luncheon and end of conference reception) and wish a copy of the conference course book, then you must volunteer to assist with the registration table in the morning.  This means rising early to be at the law school early in the morning (7 a.m., I believe) but it is well worth it as it is at the luncheon and reception where you will find the best networking.  If you wish to volunteer to assist with registration, please indicate that in your e-mail to clestaff.


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